Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

Amazon recalls fire-risk power packs in UK, Europe and US

Latest news

    AmazonBasics power packsImage copyright Amazon
    Image caption The power packs feature the AmazonBasics brand

    Owners of Amazon’s own-brand power bank chargers have been contacted by the firm telling them to stop using them.

    A recall covering six models of the AmazonBasics-branded product was announced in the US and Canada on Tuesday.

    A notice posted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned the packs could “overheat and ignite, posing fire and burn hazards”.

    The BBC understands UK and other European countries are also affected.

    Amazon had received more than 50 complaints of overheated power banks in North America ahead of the move.

    These included one report of a user suffering chemical burns after coming into contact with battery acid.

    According to the CPSC, the devices had been manufactured by the Guoguang Electric Company. The watchdog added that about 260,000 units had been sold in the US alone.

    It said the affected devices could be identified by the following product IDs printed on the back of the units:

    • B00LRK8EVO
    • B00LRK8HJ8
    • B00LRK8I7O
    • B00LRK8IV0
    • B00LRK8JDC
    • B00ZQ4JQAA

    A spokesman for Amazon was unable to say how many products had been sold in the UK.

    Purchasers have been sent emails by Amazon asking them to “cease using the product” and requesting that they click on a link to let them it know if they still have one in their possession, so that it can advise them how to dispose of it safely.

    View the original article:

    The company is offering a gift card-based refund as compensation.

    In the same category are

    Red Arrows aircraft crashes at RAF Valley Image copyright PA Image caption The Red Arrows are the RAF's aerobatics display team An aircraft used by the Red Arrows display team has crashed ...
    George North: Wales & Northampton Saints wing ‘disciplined’ for missing training George North featured for Wales during their recent Six Nations campaignWales wing George North has been "disciplined" by his club Northampton for mi...
    Cambridge Analytica: Committee calls for Mark Zuckerberg evidence Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Zuckerberg has been asked to appear in front of a parliamentary committee Facebook boss Mark Zucke...
    US school shooting: Police investigate Maryland gunfire Image copyright Google Maps Police in the US state of Maryland are responding to reports of several people shot at a high school.Gunfire was reporte...
    Why Janelle Monae is ‘standing up to bullies’ on her new album Image copyright Warner Music Image caption The star addresses social and sexual politics on her new album, Dirty Computer Janelle Monae has rarely...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle choose their wedding cake Image copyright Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen an organic lemon and elderflower cake for their wedding in May. Instead of a...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *